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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Allen's Advisors May Finally Be Earning Their Pay

Allen's new strategy?

Keep your fool mouth shut! (Oh, crap!)
"With less than a month before Election Day, Allen (R-Va.) has become virtually impossible to interview directly, giving his campaign handlers much more control over the message they send to voters. What voters see this month will be -- they hope -- only what they want voters to see."
I guess the new slogan for the Allen campaign should be "George Allen: What you don't see is what you get."

How sad is this?
"Allen was quickly led away by aides, through the gathering crowd of reporters, into the adjoining makeup room at the TV studio and out of reach. News cameras and print reporters raced after him, to no avail.

His opponent, Democrat James Webb, had an impromptu news conference with reporters in the studio."
And this?
"The campaign has begun using a conference-calling system to conduct telephone-based news conferences, which are common in the last month of many campaigns.

The new system requires reporters to listen to Allen's comments without interruption and then push '*1' when they want to ask a question. Their names will pop up on a staffer's computer screen in chronological order. The campaign staff then decides which reporters will be allowed to ask a question.

The Allen campaign used the technique last week, when staffers hastily called a news conference with Allen and Republican Sen. John W. Warner to respond to an earlier Webb news conference about the failures of the Iraq war.

The result: Allen was asked a handful of questions, and reporters were not permitted to ask follow-up questions. The phones of reporters who the campaign believed would ask tough questions were simply kept on mute the entire time."
The article puts a nice bow on what is wrong with this strategy:
"But the real victim could be voters, who will have to make up their minds about whom to vote for on Nov. 7 based almost exclusively on prepackaged, scripted comments from Allen.

That's a shame."
Yes it is.

Our elected representatives are accountable to us, the voters. If all the voters get is a focus-group tested message and attack ads from their candidates, the system breaks down. It turns into a reality show where everything looks like its actually happening but where the outcome is already pre-determined.

That is a shame.


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Comments on "Allen's Advisors May Finally Be Earning Their Pay"

 

Anonymous John David Washington said ... (4:50 AM) : 

George Allen is a racist, misogynistic, self-hating Jew, who despises blacks, minorities, women, and gays. This can all be overwhelmingly proven by facts that are abundantly covered all over the internet, television, and in the printed media.

He is all the more dangerous because as a Jew he should know better. But then again, Adolph Hitler was exactly like him.

If the American people in Virginia elect this monster, then it is an indication that we as a nation have learned nothing from 200 years of fighting racist, misogynistic, sexist, megalomaniacs like Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Pinochet, etc in countless wars that have killed tens of millions of Americans.

A victory for George Allen in Virginia, the heartland of the United States, would officially mean the end of America as we know it, and the open beginning of a tyrannical, elitist, oppressive, despotism that our Founding Fathers ran from Europe in order to flee.

In other words, America as we know it, and what it stands for, will officially be defunct and finished.

 

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